Oculo-visual and eye examinations are recommended each year for people under 18 years of age and for people 65 years of age and over. In Québec, this examination is covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie.
For people between the ages of 18 and 65, an oculo-visual examination is recommended every two years. Early detection of certain eye conditions helps maintain good vision.
If you are having an oculo-visual examination with another eye specialist (optometrist or ophthalmologist), you are entitled to obtain a copy of your prescription; it belongs to you. We will gladly make your glasses or contact lenses according to your prescription.
An oculo-visual examination at Le Lunetier takes place as follows:
- An analysis of your old glasses is done using a frontofocometer to show you possible improvements at the end of the examination
- A visual field examination is automatically performed for people 65 years of age and older using a sophisticated device (and at the request of the optometrist for others)
- A measurement of the power of your eye is then taken using an electronic autorefractometer
- A detailed case history is also taken to verify the health conditions that may affect your vision
- Then the examination begins with checking your visual acuity with and without your correction. Following this, the eye movements, alignment of your eyes and colour vision are checked
- The fundus is examined using an ophthalmoscope
- Then, refraction is performed. This is the measure of your vision from far and near for each eye, then both eyes together.
- Finally, both eyes are examined by the biomicroscope to determine the presence of cataracts, check the condition of your eyelids and cornea, and take intraocular pressure (to determine people at risk for glaucoma).
- Special attention is paid to the cornea of contact lens wearers to check the health of their eyes
- At the end of the examination, recommendations are made regarding options for change (according to the old prescription, type of work, contact lens wear, etc.)
- The optometrist may also suggest pupillary dilation, which involves enlarging the pupils with a few drops in order to take a closer look at the retina. High myopes, diabetics, and people taking certain drugs that can damage the retina, need to have their eyes checked by means of pupillary dilation. A referral to a specialist can then be obtained if necessary. If everything is normal, regular follow-up will be recommended.